Listen to the Call:
82 PALOMINO LANE # 601
BEDFORD, NH 3110-6448
TAPE – 664
(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)
CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. May I help you?
CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.
CLINIC: We don’t do them here, no.
CALLER: Well, do you know of anybody that does?
CLINIC: Yeah. Where are you from?
CALLER: Well, my friend lives there in Bedford, and she told me to call you guys.
CLINIC: Well, what she’d probably have to do — is she positive she’s pregnant?
CALLER: Well, it’s me. Are you there?
CLINIC: Yeah. You just said it was your friend.
CALLER: I’m at my friend’s house.
CLINIC: Oh. Okay. I can give you some phone numbers. Do you know how far along you are?
CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period for a while. That’s why I’m scared. I haven’t had my period since like January 3rd.
CLINIC: And are you not using any form of birth control?
CLINIC: How old are you?
CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 20th.
CALLER: Would you have to tell my parents though?
CALLER: My boyfriend’s 22. He said he would take care of everything. So would you have to tell my parents?
CLINIC: Not that I’m — well — why don’t you hold on one moment.
CLINIC: Hi. Okay. You said you’re going to be 14 on the 20th?
CLINIC: Okay. And you said your boyfriend is 22?
CLINIC: If you made an appointment with us, we would have to report it to DCYF.
CALLER: Who is that?
CLINIC: I’m not sure of the letters. The Division of Youth Services.
CALLER: Oh. Why?
CLINIC: Because you’re 14 and he’s 22.
CALLER: Well, is that bad?
CLINIC: Well, it’s not good (chuckle). It means that it’s reportable. It’s reportable by us if you come in here for an appointment.
CALLER: What could happen?
CLINIC: It would be up to them what would happen. I can’t really say. I’m not a lawyer. But they could — I don’t know. I mean, it would be up to them as to what they would do.
CALLER: Well, what should I do? I mean, I don’t want anyone to get in trouble.
CLINIC: (Pause) I really don’t — I’m not the one to advise you on this.
CALLER: Well, would it just be that I go someplace else then?
CLINIC: I can give you the names of some people that do terminations, but — I mean, the regulations — and you can’t talk to your parents?
CALLER: No. I mean, they know we’re going out, but they don’t know that we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out about that I don’t know what they would do, let alone if I was pregnant.
CLINIC: Well, what I would do first I think is probably go and get a pregnancy test. Go to the store and buy one.
CALLER: Are those usually right though?
CLINIC: Well, buy an EPT one or something like that. And do that as your first step.
CALLER: Well, what if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant? Could I come there for birth control and you guys wouldn’t tell anybody?
CLINIC: You know, I’m not even positive on that. I would have to have you talk with somebody else to be able to advise you on that. I mean, you can come to us for birth control. Anybody over the age of 13 can come for birth control. But —
CALLER: Well, would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?
CLINIC: But see there’s a fine line because your boyfriend is 22.
CALLER: Well, what if I — I don’t know.
CLINIC: I’m just not positive either. Do you have a family doctor that you have or anything like that?
CALLER: Well, not really. We just moved here, so we don’t really have a normal doctor yet.
CLINIC: Okay. Hold one moment.
CLINIC: Hi. I’m looking up some information for you if you want to just hold a moment longer.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Okay. I’m not finding anything in any of the literature that I have on what would happen.
CLINIC: Because he’s 22 and you volunteered that information to me, to the best of my knowledge it would have to be reported because you are 13.
CALLER: Would it be better if I didn’t tell you?
CLINIC: Well, at this point — I mean, you have told me (laughing).
CLINIC: I think what you have to do is why don’t you go and buy a pregnancy test first and see if you are pregnant. Do a morning urine at your house and see if it’s positive. Don’t buy like a Wal-Mart brand or something like that. Buy whatever they’re called, EPT or something like that.
CALLER: Okay. Are those usually right?
CLINIC: Those are pretty accurate. If they’re positive, they’re positive.
CLINIC: So you’ve been having intercourse and you have not used any protection at all.
CLINIC: And he has not used anything?
CALLER: Not that I know of. I don’t think so.
CLINIC: Okay. Then why don’t you do that first. And try to talk to your parents. I mean, I think that’s your best bet. Try to talk to your parents about what’s going on.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: You may need their help if you are.
CALLER: I can’t really tell them at all.
CLINIC: Yeah. But also the fact that he’s 22, I mean, he’s an adult. You’re in a very difficult area as far as the law goes. And I’m not the person to tell you what the law is.
CALLER: Okay. So there’s no way to get around telling my parents you think?
CLINIC: I don’t know. You know your parents, but that’s up to you. I can advise you I think it’s best to talk to your parents, but that’s strictly just advice; it’s not telling you what to do. I can’t tell you what to do. Only you can decide that.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Nobody can make the decision for you.
CALLER: I’m just scared.
CLINIC: First off, go and get the pregnancy test and do that.
CALLER: If I did the home pregnancy test and it said that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: That’s a question I don’t have an answer to. I really just don’t have an answer for you. If you wanted to call back, I have — the site manager that might be able to answer that question, she’s with a patient right now. So if you could call back in say about 15 minutes, I can try to get an answer for you.
CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name then?
CLINIC: My name’s Connie.
CLINIC: Did you call here last week?
CLINIC: No? Okay. We had another case that was very similar. Okay.
CALLER: All right.
CLINIC: Thank you.
CLINIC: Bye bye.